Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Hair Loss – The biggest cause of hair loss in women is the male hormone testosterone and dihydro-testosterone produced from it. This type of hair loss is called as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). Genetic predisposition from the family plays a huge role in this type of hair loss. While testosterone and dihydro-testosterone increase the growth of hair on the bald skin, it causes thinning and shedding of the scalp hair. Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most important cause of androgenetic alopecia hair loss, which begins in women at a young age.
Hair loss due to polycystic ovary syndrome starts from the middle of the scalp and progresses toward the front, this type of hair loss is called as “Christmas Tree Pattern” hair loss.
Studies have stated that the levels of male hormones are high in only some of the women who suffer from hair loss due to AGA. This is because the hormones measured in the blood release the hormone levels from the ovaries and adrenal glands. However, most of these hormones are produced directly in the skin, fat and breast tissue. It indicates that a very little of the male hormones produced here pass into the blood.
Another very annoying physical symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome for women is excessive hair growth and hirsutism. Dihydro-testosterone stimulation, on the other hand, activates the hair follicles in the bald skin so that hirsutism begins.
Unfortunately, birth control pills are still given despite the side effects of hair loss and excessive hair growth due to polycystic ovary syndrome, and the risks of clotting in the lung and breast cancer. Since these pills do not provide a long-term and permanent solution, they should not be used in hair loss due to polycystic ovary and excessive hirsutism.
To reduce hair loss and excessive hair growth, you first need to lose weight and reduce your insulin resistance under the supervision of an endocrinologist and dietician. In this way, the amount of testosterone produced from the ovaries decreases as well as the free forms of testosterone circulating in the blood due to the increase of some proteins produced from the liver.
Finasteride is one of the few hair loss treatments that has received FDA approval. Testosterone is converted to dihydro-testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, and this hormone is the cause of our hair loss and unwanted hair growth. Finasteride inactivates this enzyme and dihydro-testosterone hormone is significantly reduced thanks to it. Finasteride, which is widely used by men in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, should be considered as the first treatment option for this type of hair loss in women. Thanks to finasteride, an increase in the number of existing hair and a thickening of thin hair are observed. In scientific studies, it has been determined that the use of finasteride in individuals with excessive hair growth, hirsutism, significantly reduces hair growth.
If the hair loss due to polycystic ovary syndrome continues for many years, the density increase cannot be achieved as a result of changes in diet or use of finasteride. Therefore, the only option left is hair transplantation. There are very few dihydro-testosterone receptors in the hair on the back of the head so that the hair here is transplanted to increase the density in other areas. With FUE technology, the hair follicles are taken one by one from the back side, and there is a certain indeterminate scar that will not be visible because it is under your other hair. The lost hair is regained in a short time, which is about a year.
Women are not as comfortable as men in explaining that they have had a hair transplant operation. It is very difficult to understand that women have hair transplantation because they can easily camouflage the operation areas with their long hair. Every year, a considerable number of women also, it is not an excessive number like millions of men though, undergo hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation for women is different from hair transplantation for men in terms of the shape of the hairline and the angles of the hair. In Smile Hair Clinic, personal planning is made before each FUE hair transplant operation. Our doctors, who have successfully performed hair transplantation on many women with hair loss, take into account your own needs and requirements for your hair. By evaluating the shape of your face, the most suitable hair transplantation method is determined for you. Our expert patient consultants provide the necessary support from the very beginning to the end of the process, allowing you to spend the whole process in the most comfortable way.